Ira Sukrungruang is the author of the memoir Talk Thai: The Adventures of Buddhist Boy and the poetry collection, In Thailand It Is Night. He is the coeditor of two anthologies on the topic of obesity: What Are You Looking At? The First Fat Fiction Anthology and Scoot Over Skinny: The Fat Nonfiction Anthology. He is the recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Nonfiction Literature, an Arts and Letters Fellowship, and the Emerging Writer Fellowship. His work has appeared in many literary journals, including Post Road, The Sun, and Creative Nonfiction. He is one of the founding editors of Sweet: A Literary Confection (sweetlit.com), and teaches in the MFA program at University of South Florida and the low-residency MFA program at City University in Hong Kong.
Joseph Millar's newest collection is Blue Rust (2012) from Carnegie-Mellon. His first collection, Overtime (2001) was finalist for the Oregon Book Award and a second collection, Fortune, appeared in 2007. Millar grew up in Pennsylvania, attend the John Hopkins Writing Seminars and spent 30 years in the San Francisco Bay area working at a variety of jobs, from telephone repairman to commercial fisherman. It would be two decades before he returned to poetry. His poems--start, clean, unsparing--record the narrative of a life fully lived among fathers, sons, brothers, daughters, weddings and divorces, men and women. His work has won fellowships from the John Simon Gugenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts as well as a Puchcart Prize. Poems have appeared in such magazines as DoubleTake, The Southern Review, TriQuartely, APR, and Ploughshares. In 1997 he gave up his job as telephone installation foreman to try his hand at teaching. He is now core faculty at Pacific University's Low Residency MFA and lives in Raleigh, NC.
Gianna Russo and Mark Powell
Gianna Russo is the author of the full-length poetry collection, Moonflower (Kitsune Books, 2011), which is a Florida Book Awards bronze medal winner, Florida Publishers Association Presidents’ Award silver medal winner, and an Eric Hofer First Horizons finalist. Ms. Russo is founding editor of YellowJacket Press, currently Florida’s only publisher of poetry chapbook manuscripts, for which she won a 2011 Creative Loafing Best of the Bay Award. A Pushcart Prize nominee, she has published poems in Tampa Review, Ekphrasis, Crab Orchard Review, Apalachee Review, Florida Review, Florida Humanities Council Forum, Karamu, The Bloomsbury Review, The Sun, Poet Lore, saw palm, The MacGuffin, and Calyx, among others. Her creative nonfiction has appeared in the St. Petersburg Times. In her first stab at fiction, she contributed a chapter to the collaborative novel 15 Views of Tampa Bay, published serially on the website of Barrow Street Press. She teaches at St. Leo University, where she is also managing editor of Sandhill Review.
Mark Powell is the author of four novels: Blood Kin, which received the Peter Taylor Prize, Prodigals, both published by the University of Tennessee Press, The Dark Corner (2012), and The House of the Lord (2012) and has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Breadloaf Writers' Conference. He was educated at The Citadel, The University of South Carolina, and Yale Divinity School. He teaches in the English Department at Stetson University in DeLand, Florida.
D.K. Roberts’ latest book, DREAM STATE: Eight Generations of Swamp Lawyers, Conquistadors, Confederate Daughters, Banana Republicans, and other Florida Wildlife, about her politically prominent (and very odd) family has been called "perfect," as well as "hilarious," "wild," "fun," "strange," and "splendid." Roberts' previous two books -- Faulkner and Southern Womanhood and The Myth of Aunt Jemima -- are explorations of Southern culture. She is also a journalist, writing op-ed pieces for The New York Times, The New Republic, and The Times of London. She is a political columnist for The St. Petersburg Times in Florida and makes documentaries for BBC Radio in London, where she also spends part of the year. She has been a commentator for NPR since 1993 and she writes for the Washington Post. She teaches at the Florida State University.
Campbell McGrath and Rhonda Riley
Rhonda Riley Of her first novel, The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope, Julianna Baggott writes “it is an incredible, otherworldly love story. Both whimsical and deeply satisfying, it’s a tale about the fluidity of love, the importance of family, and the meaning of home. It’s a debut that reads with the urgency of a lifelong secret finally confessed.” Riley received her MFA at the University of Florida.
Campbell McGrath has published numerous collections of poetry, including Spring Comes to Chicago (1996), which won the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, Capitalism (1990); American Noise (1994); Florida Poems (2002); Pax Atomica (2005); Seven Notebooks (2007); and In the Kingdom of the Sea Monkeys (2012) which won the Florida Book Award. He is co-translator of Aristophanes’s The Wasps (1999, has won a MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Grant, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Witter Bynner Fellowship from the Library of Congress, the Academy of American Poets Prize, the Cohen Award from Ploughshares literary journal, and a Pushcart Prize. His poetry has been widely anthologized, including in The New Bread Loaf Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry (1999), The New American Poets (2000), and Great American Prose Poems (2003). He teaches at Florida International University.
Matt Batt published his first memoir SUGARHOUSE: Turning the Neighborhood Crack House into our Home Sweet Home through Houghton Mifflin Publishing in June of 2012. His work has appeared in Tin House, The Huffington Post, Mid-American Review, Fifth Wednesday, Quarterly West, Western Humanities Review, Soundings East, The Isthmus, San Francisco Chronicle, Salt Lake Magazine, Another Chicago Magazine, and the anthology Food & Booze: A Tin House Literary Feast. Batt teaches at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. He’s a graduate of Ohio State’s MFA program and the University of Utah’s Ph.D program in English and creative writing. Batt currently lives in St. Paul, Minnesota with his wife and son.